Oil Sands Flogger Bruce Carson Fined $50,000 for Illegal Lobbying - 2020-11-04

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F0.png Oil Sands Flogger Bruce Carson Fined $50,000 for Illegal Lobbying November 4, 2020, Leslie MacKinnon, The Tyee

Bruce Carson, a former senior adviser to prime minister Stephen Harper, was hit with a $50,000 fine this morning for illegal lobbying.

Carson is the first former designated public office holder to be convicted of breaching the Lobbying Act's five-year ban on former public office holders using their connections to lobby after they've left office. He's been given five years to pay the fine; Carson's lawyer has said his client is on the verge of bankruptcy.

Two other people have been convicted of failing to register as a lobbyist, but Carson, who worked for Harper from 2006 to 2008, and again for a month in 2009, was the first to be captured by the sweeping five-year prohibition imposed by the Federal Accountability Act. It was a hallmark piece of legislation meant to herald a new era of accountability and transparency in the aftermath of the previous Liberal government's sponsorship scandal.

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{{cite news | first = Leslie | last = MacKinnon | title = Oil Sands Flogger Bruce Carson Fined $50,000 for Illegal Lobbying | url = https://thetyee.ca/News/2016/11/04/Bruce-Carson-Fined/ | work = The Tyee | date = November 4, 2020 | accessdate = February 14, 2020 }}